Jersey girl’s golden start

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Playing in the national under-19 Challenger Series she first had to contend with a new system of scoring, similar to tennis, which means that if you make a mistake even on your own serve, your opponent takes a point from you.

Agathangelou adjusted to the scoring system well, however, as did her new partner in the women’s doubles, Gaby White.

The pairing cruised to the finals where they met the highly-rated Katie Comras and Sarah Walker.

Despite losing the second set 17-21, after winning the first 21-15, they regained concentration and ran out easy winners in the third, 21-7.

It was harder to get through to the final of the mixed doubles, but Agathangelou with partner Peter Mills has added a mental toughness to her game in recent years and, despite being taken to three sets by Chris Adcock and Gaby White, the teenagers ran out winners in the final set 23-21.

Such, now, is the Jersey girl’s standing in England that she has been selected, along with fellow youngsters Michelle Cheung and Chris Adcock, for the national under-24 elite squad.

This means that while studying at Bath University, following her recent A-level results, for the next three years she will be looked after by top UK coach Peter Bush.

Away from her studies she will be expected to train once a week at the Milton Keynes Centre of Excellence and she also has a full diary between now and December, during which time she will represent England in three senior tournaments organised by the EBU (European Badminton Union) in Slovakia, Czech Republic and Scotland.

She will have to play all international venues in the Under 19 age group.

*Agathangelou is now sponsored by Forza, and has signed a contract with them to launch their new racket which will be on the market at the end of the year.

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